What information should I get after a car accident in Texas?
Under Texas law, each driver involved in an accident is required to exchange certain pieces of information at the accident scene. (Texas Transportation Code, §550.023). This includes:
- Name and address of the drivers
- License plate number of the vehicles
- Insurance company name
- Driver’s license, if requested.
In addition, I would recommend that you also get the following information:
- Telephone number of the driver
- The year, make and model of the other vehicle
- The policy number of the insurance
- Name and contact information of any witnesses
Download your free Texas car accident information form
Keep this form in your car. If you are ever in an accident, use this form to obtain the necessary information at the scene.
Just getting bits and pieces of this information is not sufficient. For example, if you just get the insurance information and none of the driver’s information, then you will have a difficult time proving who was driving the vehicle at the time. Then, if you are unable to settle the insurance claim and have to file a lawsuit, you will not know who to sue. That is because, under Texas law, you cannot sue the other driver’s insurance company directly. You must personally sue the driver that was responsible for causing the accident. If you do not know who that person is, then you will have difficulty enforcing your rights in court.
On the other hand, if you just get the other driver’s information and none of the insurance information, then you must rely on the other driver to report the claim to the insurance company. If he refuses to do so, then you have to file a lawsuit against the other driver, get the insurance information in the litigation, and then file the insurance claim yourself. As you can see, this would be a huge hassle which many attorneys would rather avoid. Reaching out to a personal injury attorney serving Texans, is an option many individuals are taking.
What if the other driver refuses to give his information?
If the other driver refuses to give you the information, just call 9-1-1. Explain to the operator that you were just involved in an accident with someone who is refusing to exchange information. The operator will send an officer to the scene to help with the exchange of information. Sometimes the 9-1-1 operator will even ask that you out the other driver on the phone at which time he will be instructed to exchange the information or else an officer will come out to the scene.